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Navarro’s Lab studies multitrophic interactions in ecosystems such as digestive tracts of insects and the rhizosphere.

Our specific focus topics include:

The study of arthropods as microbial bioreactors. The host provides unique environmental conditions for the associated microbes, gaining in exchange their metabolic capabilities that allow it to occupy different niches in diverse ecosystems and to overcome environmental stress such as exposure to toxic compounds.

  • The study of arthropods as microbial bioreactors. The host provides unique environmental conditions for the associated microbes, gaining in exchange their metabolic capabilities that allow it to occupy different niches in diverse ecosystems and to overcome environmental stress such as exposure to toxic compounds.
  • Co-evolution of insects’ digestive tract physical structure and microbial function for the transformation of recalcitrant molecules such as lignocellulose.
  • Environmental engineering and regulation of ecosystem services driven by the multitrophic interactions among the members of the food web of complex ecosystems, their contributions to ecosystems function, and responses to environmental change.

Besides the group’s scientific work, the team is also committed to reducing the barriers in research for underrepresented students, including people of color, women, and LGBT individuals.